Latest Changes
Sep 1, 2019
Operating System
  • Windows 10
  • Linux/Unix
  • Windows Edition
    Pro
    Version or Build no.
    1903
    System type
    64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
    Security Updates
    Automatic Updates (recommended)
    User Access Control
    Always Notify
    Network Security (Firewall)
    Windows Defender Firewall
    Device Security
  • Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
  • User Account
    Administrator
    Sign-in Accounts
    Microsoft (@outlook.com)
    Sign-in Options
  • Windows Hello PIN (recommended)
  • Malware Testing
    I do not participate in downloading malware samples
    Real-time Web & Malware Protection
    WINDOWS 10:
    • Windows Defender (ConfigureDefender HIGH Settings)
    • VoodooShield
    • SysHardener

    UBUNTU:
    • Sophos Antivirus for on-access scanning
    RTP - Custom security settings
  • Major changes for Increased security
  • RTP - Details of Custom security settings
    Windows Defender:
    • Configured with ConfigureDefender at HIGH settings for tweaked protection against exploits, scripts and documents
    • Tamper protection
    • Isolated Browsing
    Ubuntu:
    • Sophos configured for on-access scanning only
    Virus and Malware Removal Tools
    ESET Online Scanner
    Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool
    Malwarebytes Free
    Browsers and Extensions
    Canvas Defender
    HTTPS Everywhere
    Bitwarden Password Manager
    Universal Bypass
    Windows Defender Application Protection
    Privacy-focused Apps and Extensions
    AdGuard for PC
    NordVPN
    TMAC (Mac Changer)
    Tor Browser
    Bleachbit
    Password Managers
  • Bitwarden
  • Web Search
  • Google
  • System Utilities
    PatchMyPC - software managing and updating
    ThrottleStop - undervolt my hardware to stop temperatures
    MSI AfterBurner - in-game data analysis
    AutoRuns & Process Explorer - analyze processes
    SysHardener - lock down Windows vulnerable areas
    Bleachbit
    Data Backup
    Macrium
    Frequency of Data backups
    Monthly
    System Backup
    Macrium
    Frequency of System backups
    Regularly
    Computer Activity
  • PC Gaming
  • Browsing web and email
  • Watch movies and other entertainment content on the Internet
  • Office and work related tasks
  • Video or photography editing
  • Programming
  • Computer Specifications
    Processor: Intel Core i7 7700HQ
    RAM: 16GB DDR4
    Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB

    shmu26

    Level 83
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    Content Creator
    My main system is dead :D

    Just a quick tip: when 1903 reaches, be sure not to be using Comodo... just in case. I'm 80% sure that's what killed my OS (I was insider on my secondary PC with no problems). I cleaned installed 1809.

    Anyways, I am back to basics. Removed CFW.

    Combo:
    • Windows Defender (Hard_Configurator at HIGH SETTINGS)
    • VoodooShield.
    Also, I'm off malware testing, I'm off virtualizing, I'm off beta testing, being Insider, I'm off TROUBLE.

    Peace, quiet, and harmless. See you, nerds.
    There are lots of issues with the 1903 upgrade process, at this point. MS will have to fix it, or most computers will not make it through successfully.
     

    Robbie

    Level 28
    Verified
    Content Creator
    Thread updates.

    Current combo (courtesy of the BitDefender team that rewarded me with a license for beta testing)

    BitDefender Total Security 2020
    • Tweaked for performance-protection settings
    SysHardener
    • Extra protection layer against suspicious processes and scripts
     

    Robbie

    Level 28
    Verified
    Content Creator
    About time I updated this:

    I switched to Ubuntu for daily basis. I managed to find a correct alternative for AutoCad, Office, I managed to install Java, and I only need to make League of Legends work and I will delete the Windows partition, which I only use to play LoL at the moment. For everything else, I use Ubuntu.

    Windows 10 partition is protected with WD (ConfigureDefender), VS and SysHardener, really light. Ubuntu is protected with Sophos for on-access scan of files. Super light.
     

    blackice

    Level 10
    Verified
    About time I updated this:

    I switched to Ubuntu for daily basis. I managed to find a correct alternative for AutoCad, Office, I managed to install Java, and I only need to make League of Legends work and I will delete the Windows partition, which I only use to play LoL at the moment. For everything else, I use Ubuntu.

    Windows 10 partition is protected with WD (ConfigureDefender), VS and SysHardener, really light. Ubuntu is protected with Sophos for on-access scan of files. Super light.
    What GUI are you using?
     

    Thales

    Level 5
    Ubuntu is fine but it comes with GNOME which is the worst desktop environment for me. Feels sluggish no matter what the config is. Kubuntu is better, beautiful and a lot more customizable. The beauty of KDE Plasma is unparalleled. KDE can be installed on Ubuntu of course.
    I agree. I hate GNOME too.
    I customized GNOME and it looked like the mix of KDE and XFCE. It was awesome looking, fast and responsive without any hated GNOME feeling. :)
     

    blackice

    Level 10
    Verified
    Is it really compatible with Ubuntu? No issues or having to download a hundred repositories?

    Default? Please instruct me on how to make it better, I suck at Linux :)
    I've actually only run Ubuntu in a command line terminal to set up a VPS. But I've considered playing around with it. I know there are multiple GUIs you can use, seems like @SeriousHoax has some ideas of good GUIs.
     

    SeriousHoax

    Level 9
    Verified
    Malware Tester
    Default? Please instruct me on how to make it better, I suck at Linux
    One of the best thing about most Linux OS is, it lets you try the OS before installing. I love KDE so I'll suggest you to check it out. At first you can check KDE Plasma, it's feature and looks on YouTube. If you like what you see then download Kubuntu, write it into a bootable pendrive using Rufus or any other tool you prefer then boot the pendrive and you can literally use the OS without installing on your HDD. You can install apps and everything from pendrive without installing the OS.
    They're other methods like you can install KDE or any other desktop environment on your existing Ubuntu and can set one as your default or you can also configure it ask which desktop environment you want to login in the login screen after turning on your PC. It would require additional 300mb-1gb depending on the de you install. It's even possible to delete GNOME and keep the other one but I never tried it so don't know if it's gonna create any issue or not.
    But trying the OS from pendrive is the best thing you can do to try a variant of Linux.
     

    AtlBo

    Level 27
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    Content Creator
    @Roboman-are you familiar with Chris Titus Tech on YouTube. Take a look he is the boss as far as I am concerned. 20 years in IT, and he just dropped Windows last year. He has a treasure trove of videos and a new video every day on something. He also does a live show every once in awhile.

    I got stuck with dual boot issues with Manjaro, but Chris Titus will have you feeling like an expert in 2 months, even though clearly this is not true...still it feels nice in the present tense...:) I never miss a video...
     

    bribon77

    Level 28
    Verified
    You can also use the Windscribe and Proton VPNs, Free.
    I use them both and they are going very well.(y)